Type: Nature Trail

Length: 3 miles

Surface: Paved



Grade - Gentle Grades



Moments from downtown Cedar Falls, this trail connects to the Cedar Valley Lakes trail on the south at Gateway Park and on the north end with the Lone Tree Road Trail. The Cedar Valley Trail system has a designated 8.3 mile Big Woods Loop that travels around Big Woods Lake and to Black Hawk Park. Starting at Gateway Park enjoy a wooded ride to Big Woods Lake, cycle along open spaces and residential areas, the forested bank of the Cedar River, Cottage Row's homes, and Island Park on your return to downtown Cedar Falls. This loop utilizes the Big Woods Lake Trail, Lone Tree Road Trail and Cedar Valley Lakes Trail.

Location - Where is this Trail?

Big Woods Lake Campground is located at 1501 East Lake Street, Cedar Falls.


From Highway 218: Take exit 189 for Lone Tree Rd, turn west onto Lone Tree Rd & take the 1st left onto Big Woods Rd, then turn left at E Lake St, the campground will be on the right.


  • Big Woods Lake - Big Woods Road and Ironwood Street
  • Big Woods Lake - Big Woods Road and E. Lake Street.
  • Gateway Park - Lincoln and Main streets downtown Cedar Falls

Sites & Attractions

The Big Woods Lake Recreation area provides a myriad of outdoor recreation opportunities including access to the metropolitan recreation trail system, boating, fishing, hiking, disc golf, camping, and picnicking and the Cedar Falls Rotary Club's 10-acre prairie restoration. The remaining park grounds consist of floodplain-associated woodlands and wetland areas interlaced with small lakes, which were once old quarries and are now used for fishing.  For more information regarding campground reservations, contact Black Hawk County Conservation Office at (319) 433-7275.

You can rent a kayak or paddle board to enjoy a leisurely paddle on the lake, watch eagles hunting, or play a round of disc golf.  

Camping - The 12-acre site holds 55 RV campsites, three permanent cabins, tent camping, hard surface roadways and wireless internet service. 

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History of the Trail


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This trail was last edited by CedarFallsVisitor on May 29, 2020.

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Big Bike Give 2022

24 Tuesday May 2022
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  •    3,513


14 Saturday Aug 2021
  • Storm Lake, IA
  • Road
  •    1,988

Cedar Valley Pedal Fest** CANCELLED

5 Saturday Sep 2020
  • Cedar Falls, IA
  • Trail Ride
  •    4,593

Cedar Valley Pedal Fest 2019

6 Saturday Jul 2019 - 7 Sunday Jul 2019
  • Cedar Falls, IA
  • Other
  •    6,456

MayDay All Bike Swap Meet

4 Saturday May 2019
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Expo/Sales/Swap
  •    9,551

Cedar Valley Pedal Fest

1 Sunday Jul 2018
  • Cedar Falls, IA
  • Other
  •    14,268

Cedar Valley Pedal Fest

30 Saturday Jun 2018
  • Cedar Falls, IA
  • Other
  •    15,245

Cedar Valley Pedal Fest

1 Saturday Jul 2017 - 2 Sunday Jul 2017
  • Other
  •    42,511


14 Saturday May 2016
  • Waterloo, IA
  • Road
  •    12,810

Spooks, Spokes & Sneakers

10 Saturday Oct 2015
  • Cedar Falls, IA
  • Trail Ride
  •    18,897

Cedar Valley Cyclists W.O.W (Wednesdays on Wheels) Ride

30 Wednesday Sep 2015
  • Cedar Falls, IA
  • Road
  •    19,696

Cedar Valley Cyclists W.O.W (Wednesdays on Wheels) Ride

23 Wednesday Sep 2015
  • Cedar Falls, IA
  • Road
  •    14,981

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18th Annual Cedar Valley Trails Festival

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  • Thu August 8 2013
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17th Annual Cedar Trails Festival

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  • Thu July 26 2012
  •   15,625
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Come Cycle Cedar Falls!

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